A wonderful fairy tale of the misadventures of a beautiful but temperamental Neapolitan peasant, Isabella, when she meets the ill- tempered Spanish Prince Rodrigo Ferrante y Davalos. The ... See full summary »
Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the ... See full summary »
Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry... See full summary »
Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that ... See full summary »
Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther ... See full summary »
Since the death of his mother, Pascal, ten years old, spends his holidays with his father, the rich Laurent Segur. One day, when diving near the shores of Corse, an aircraft falls into the ... See full summary »
When the Empress Elizabeth asks Maria Vetsera her age, she answers "20". She was in fact only 17 when she died a short time later. See more »
[pointing towards a skull on Rudolph's desk]
I don't care for that.
My cousin Ludwig gave it to me. It'd comfort me, he said, for being alive.
Ludwig? You mean, King Ludwig of Bavaria? The one who...?
Lies! These stories are all lies! He was just... strange. He was not insane. Nobody knows for sure how he died.
See more »
The opening credits appear against of a colour-changing background of glass frosted with ice flowers. At times, the ice is cleared, as though by a warm breath, and reveals the double-headed eagle of the Austro-Hungarian empire. See more »
Everyone agrees with this movie's virtues: its sets, costumes, and recreation of the era--all of which are impressively gorgeous. Kenneth Brannagh mentions that the look of the this film version influenced the setting/production design for his version of HAMLET (check out his audio commentary of the DVD, chap. 19). So MAYERLING has had its influence.
And, yes, quite a few of us recognize its shortcomings. Frankly, it doesn't possess the passion/romance one expects. Perhaps both Sharif and Deneuve are too intelligent to be believable for a romantic suicide, but whatever it is, somehow the oomph one hopes for is missing. Nevertheless, it's still fascinating, and while not as involving as the Boyer version, it's got more historical detail and background.
And yes it's worth comparing/contrasting with THE ILLUSIONIST.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?